Crashed semi makes an early wake-up call
By CRAIG McTEAR
THE newspaper wasn't the only thing to land in a Macksville front yard yesterday morning.
Just before 5am, a northbound semi-trailer overturned on the Pacific Highway and came to rest only half a metre from a front bedroom where a woman in her 50s was sleeping. Her mother had also been asleep in another room.
The shaken driver scrambled out of his crushed cabin and was taken with minor injuries to Macksville Hospital.
The accident happened about 200 metres north of the Macksville Bridge on a sweeping right-hand bend known locally as Egan Lane.
"I've been based here with the fire brigade for 28 years and I can tell you we've had our fair share of semi-trailers overturning at this corner," Macksville Fire Station commander Bill Lenthall said.
"Most of them of late have been northbound."
After collecting a guard rail, the rig slid out of control and smashed through a fence on one property before careering across a neighbouring lawn.
There, water gushed from an obliterated tap, while a security light was also destroyed.
"The truck then hit one of two steel poles supporting the veranda roof, which left it sagging badly," Mr Lenthall said.
Fire crews were on standby throughout the morning to ensure there were no leaks from the semi's fuel tanks, as salvage crews worked to unload the general cargo.
Two tow trucks were brought in to pull the wreck from the front yard before attempts were made to right it, which led to a brief closure of one highway lane. The operation was completed by 12.15pm.
Police, the Volunteer Rescue Association and the RTA were also called to the scene.
Inquiries into the accident continue.
n At 2.13am, a truck overturned on the Pacific Highway near Hastings River Drive at Port Macquarie. The driver was treated at hospital for minor head injuries.